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Need to Know News:  SpaceX makes history with launch to space station; Eight shot after Oklahoma City Thunder playoff win
May 22nd, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Need to Know News: SpaceX makes history with launch to space station; Eight shot after Oklahoma City Thunder playoff win

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For May 22, 2012 – SpaceX makes history with launch to space station, eight shot after Oklahoma City Thunder playoff win and a 'Leap' forward in gesture-control interfaces...

SpaceX makes history with launch to space station: "A new era in space exploration dawned Tuesday as a slender rocket powered into the dark Florida sky before sunrise, carrying the first private spacecraft bound for the International Space Station."

• Eight shot after Oklahoma City Thunder playoff win: "Eight people were shot Monday night just blocks from the Chesapeake Energy Arena as large crowds were leaving the playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, police said."

• Convicted bomber of the Lockerbie airline bombing dies: "Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the Lockerbie airline bombing that killed 259 people on board Pan Am Flight 103 and 11 on the ground, went to his grave protesting his innocence."

• Fitch downgrades Japan: "Fitch Ratings cut Japan's credit rating Tuesday, citing 'growing risks' from the country's 'rising public debt ratios.'"

• A 'Leap' forward in gesture-control interfaces: "You know that bit in 'The Avengers' where Tony Stark spreads his fingers apart in mid-air and the stuff on the screen in front of him instantly appears on displays throughout the room? A company called Leap Motion wants to make that kind of gesture control a reality, and it hopes to take the first step with a new type of motion controller."

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